THU | 21. 10. | 5 P.M. | MUSEUM OF MODERN ART | FREE ENTRY
As part of a long-term cooperation with Polish partners and in connection with the CEAD: New Media Museum program, a workshop dedicated to the iconic work of Central European new media art will take place. The Re: SENSTER project focuses on the restoration of the cybernetic statue of Edward Ihnatowicz, which was commissioned by Philips Health Technology Company in 1970. In April 2017, it was acquired by the AGH Technical University in Kraków.
SENSTER is a five meter long steel kinetic statue. It has been designed to respond to sound and movement in its surroundings via a set of microphones and Doppler sensors. The current state of the sculpture responds exclusively to sound signals, Doppler sensors are inactive. The sequence of the interaction was previously regulated by a program written in Assembler and coded into the prototype computer P9201. After renovation, it works with a programmable logic controller.
SENSTER was the third work of art subsidized by a Dutch company, followed by Nicolas Schöffers kinetic installation "CYSP 1" (1956) and a project prepared by Le Corbusier, Iannis Xenakis and Edgard Varès Poème électronique (1958). Despite its importance, it remained inactive after the mid-1970s, and at the beginning of the 21st century it was even included in the list of "lost" pioneering projects of new media art. An interdisciplinary team of technologists and art historians worked to restore it. SENSTER is one of the planned long-term loans for SEFO.
guarantor: Anna Olszewska, Marek Długosz
coordination: Barbora Kundračíková